Down syndrome

The Oregon Optimist

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Activities, Down syndrome | 0 comments

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Written by H. Whisman, Oregon Optimist
LAKE OSWEGO, Ore.—

This Sunday, September 28, the Down Syndrome Network of Oregon (DSNO) will host its 2014 Buddy Walk in Millennium Park Plaza to celebrate and support families with loved ones with Down Syndrome.

Lynnette Sander, mother of three, will attend the Buddy Walk with her family for the third year in a row to support her youngest son, Ethan. “We enjoy many aspects of the Buddy Walk. Mostly it is a good time to meet new families and touch base with familiar faces of families in the Down Syndrome community,” she said.

The schedule of events includes pre-walk festivities, the walk itself, lunch, and a dance contest. “The walk is relatively short because everyone walks, including those that have Down Syndrome,” Sander said.

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DSNO does Denver

Posted by on Aug 20, 2013 in Down syndrome, National Down Syndrome Conference, Parents | 0 comments

Karen and Megan, of Oregon, at Opening Night of the conference.

Karen and Megan, of Oregon, at Opening Night of the conference.

Sunny skies, a beautiful mountain backdrop, and friends from all around the world converged on Denver in mid-July for the annual Down syndrome convention, hosted by the National Down Syndrome Congress. It’s a family reunion of sorts…The goal: Learn more. Meet new friends. Reunite with old friends. And DANCE!

The Down Syndrome Network Oregon awarded three scholarships to member families to attend the conference. Additionally, three board members attended with families, including DSNO founder Paula Schiedler, and Barb and Karen Gaffney, who gave the keynote speech on Friday night.

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